Summer Lawn Q&A Question: If lawns are fertilised regularly, do they require mowing more often than lawns that have not been fertilised? Answer: Well-fertilised lawns are healthy and have a dense growth habit with a thick and even coverage. They’re also likely to have fewer weeds and other undesirable plants competing with the grass, so […]
Getting fit and healthy can be an expensive affair if you consider the cost of gym membership – sweaty and dreary institutions with hectic peak times and busy parking arcades, communal bathrooms, tyrannical personal trainers who resemble The Hulk, and watertight contracts that can tie you down for ages. Another point to consider is that […]
This beautiful display of roses is one of the rewards of winter pruning, along with good soil enrichment, watering and fertilising.
Spring is the best time to sow lawn grass seed.
Timing is critical in growing your own flower or vegetable seedlings, so make sure that you sow the seeds during the right season for your area or climatic zone because temperature, day length and humidity can all have a profound effect on seed germination. You can consult the information on each seed packet to confirm […]
It isn’t difficult to create your own topiary and it’s a lot cheaper than purchasing one of the much admired ready-made varieties.
Gardeners are often uncertain about the difference between compost and mulch. Compost is what remains once plant and vegetable matter has decomposed; and it is used mostly in the preparation of garden beds to improve the structure of the soil.
There are no hard and fast rules about fertilising, but a productive food garden often needs less fertiliser than you may think. It is only in February that longer crops like tomatoes, brinjals, peppers and longseason squashes may need feeding because they have exhausted the nutrients in the soil. Good soil preparation is the fundamental […]
How to analyse your soil Soil is special. It is far more complex than simply the dusty stuff we try to keep the children out of, wipe off our shoes, try to keep out of our homes and hide beneath lawns, paving and shrubs. It is not a sterile, stagnant medium but a wonderful […]